The Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry was created to serve immigrants who are in prison awaiting deportation, and to provide spiritual support for prisoners’ families. The seeds of this ministry were sown nearly five years ago when Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao began visiting Brazilian immigrants who were in this condition. With the increasing number of imprisoned Brazilian immigrants, such visits became more urgent and thus more frequent. It was necessary then, instead of individual visits, to hold collective meetings that could accommodate many inmates. With such a format, the opportunity came to conduct Bible studies in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility initially serving several Brazilian prisoners.… Continue
- The number of immigrants in prison continues very unstable. In Boston ICE is holding two units, in Bristol only one, and Plymouth two. In Plymouth beside the Bible Studies among ICE units there is also the Bible Study among Spanish speaking prisoners on trial. The average attendance in August was bigger than July, (60 – 65).
- I have talked with some people about to begin a Bible Study group in Fall River. About 12 told me they are interested to be part of this group, including three former inmates and their spouses. One former inmate will come from Worcester, MA. Firstly I thought to start on Summer but soon I realized it was not a good time to start anything.
To The Church Development Committee
Presbytery of Southern New England
Att.: Rev. Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro
Re.: Big Tent Gerson’s Report
Firstly I want to thank the Church Development Committee for the scholarship that allowed my wife and I to attend the Big Tent 2015 which happened from July 30th to August 2nd in Knoxville, TN. This was the fourth time I attended a Big Tent, what means I did attend all the editions of the Big Tent since it was created. For me, the Big Tent is an opportunity for learning about the several programs our denomination is holding and, also, an opportunity to interact with Presbyterians from several parts of the USA.… Continue
Materials on Welcome Table
Lenten Prayers for Hungry People, a resource prepared by Bread for the World, is available on the Welcome Table. Take one to deepen your Lenten reflections on serving God and neighbor.